What will I learn?

Overview

Do you ever look at the issues the global community faces and wonder why they haven't been dealt with yet? On this BA (Hons) International Relations degree course, you'll learn skills and knowledge you need to help solve these problems.

You'll examine international issues such as the causes of conflict, the challenges of managing migration and the global rise of populism. You'll look at current problems, and the response of government agents.

This will set you up for a career in government, security and intelligence. You could work with international institutions, such as the UN or international charities. You'll be equally suited to take your studies to postgraduate level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Analyse the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers – recent topics include terrorism in West Africa, nuclear security and global development.
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Take modules informed by your lecturers’ research, covering topics such as security challenges in the 21st Century, or the future of global capitalism
  • Have the opportunity to publish your work in our student journal
  • Develop career-enhancing skills alongside your academic study with skills training, opportunities to do work experience and the chance to learn another language
  • Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring
  • Tailor your degree by choosing optional modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions – for example, Science Po Strasbourg (France), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Nebraska Omaha (US), and University of Szeged (Hungary)

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can support you in identifying postgraduate study opportunities or help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

What can you do with an International Relations degree?

Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • government
  • the security services
  • international organisations like the UN
  • international charities such as War Child, Amnesty International and the Red Cross
  • policy research
  • media and international business consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • public relations

What jobs can you do with an International Relations degree?

Job roles former students have gone on to include:

  • Director of Language Studies for an international school
  • parliamentary researcher
  • political advisor
  • public affairs consultant
  • social researcher
  • political risk analyst
  • local government administrator

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Main Site

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Main Site

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have one of the following qualifications: College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Tests (SAT Score: 1090); GCE A-Levels (Points: 96; CCC; 322); ACT (Score: 25); Advanced Placement Test (322); High School Diploma (GPA of 3.0 or above). Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.0, with no component below 5.5. Some courses, especially those with a high level of discussion and writing, require higher scores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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